October 4th is a day where we honour the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG). The higher levels of violence experience by Indigenous women and girls is a direct effect of colonization. This is a day to reflect on our shared history and the ongoing impacts. Today is a call to action for all people who live on this land to end the violence and to hold vigil as a community to honour those lost and support the friends, families, and communities who have lost loved ones. A vigil can take many forms, from a moment of silence to a rally to a community feast. All that is important is that you take some time on or around October 4th to mark the day.
In Winnipeg, a pipe ceremony and community feast is happening at the Legislature from 10:30-12:30 pm in the Rotunda. It is being hosted by Nahanni Fontaine and Bernadette Smith.